This is hard. All of it.
Tonight, we thought we'd give you an idea of the challenges Elena faces every day.
Her hands and feet are peeling.
Her head hurts most of the time.
She is nauseous most of the time.
Her body is swollen and tender.
Her mouth is completely raw making it difficult to talk.
Her throat is also completely raw and swollen making it hurt to swallow and drink.
She has to suction the saliva out of her mouth , if not, she drools.
She always feels like something is stuck in her throat.
She has a nagging cough.
She has not eaten anything in seven days.
She has to maneuver around 6 tubes attached to one pole every time she gets up.
She can not leave her room except when she walks her daily laps on the BMT floor.
She has to wear a thick mask each time she walks her laps, making it more difficult to breathe.
She has to have oxygen when she is resting or sleeping.
She has had to have blood and platelet transfusions.
She hasn't had a good night's sleep in 14 days.
It hurts to laugh or cry.
She can not get comfortable during the day or at night.
Despite all of this, Elena still fights.
She washes her mouth out multiple times a day to help prevent infection. This stings.
She uses an incentive spirometer multiple times each day to help prevent pneumonia. Taking deep breaths is not easy and hurts.
She uses special wipes on her body to keep germs off her skin. This is cold.
She takes baths each day to soothe her irritated skin.
Getting in and out of the tub with so many cords is not relaxing or easy.
She walks a minimum of 10 laps everyday to help strengthen her lungs, bones, muscles, and heart and to also help improve the movement of fluids in the body.
This takes every bit of energy she has.
Every day, we thank God for Elena - her fight, her will, her determination, her smile!
We also thank him for you - your prayers, your love, your encouragement.
We thank Him for His peace, His presence, His love, and His unfailing promises!
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."